Changes to Availability of Chesapeake Parks & PR&T Facilities

Announcement by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism

This page is updated frequently and will indicate changes of availability to the general public at the City of Chesapeake's parks and recreational facilities, to include community centers and specialty facilities. Examples of such changes could be due to major renovations or repairs, City major events or other large-scale activities or programs, large rentals, etc.

These changes could affect parking, traffic, and/or other amenities. See the following information for specific listings. Parks will be open to the public during these events/programs unless otherwise specified on this page.

City-observed Holidays may also affect the availability at our centers and specialty facilities. See the listing of City-observed holidays (PDF).


Bells Mill Park

  • September 6 - November 23 Various times - Southeastern District Cross Country Meets - view schedule (PDF)
  • September 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Cape Henry Collegiate Cross Country Meet
  • October 21 from 8:00 a.m. to noon - Tiger Trot 5K

Campostella Park

  • September 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Black Ink Lit Fest
  • October 7 from noon to 2:00 p.m. - Faith and Blue Community Cookout

Chesapeake Arboretum

  • October 7 from noon to 4:00 p.m. - Chesapeake Celebrates Trees

Chesapeake City Park

  • September 22 from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. - Senior Programs Annual Pig Pickin'
  • September 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Walk to End Alzheimer's
  • October 4 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Great American Food Fest
  • October 6 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. - CARES Picnic
  • October 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Girl Scout Family Fun Event
  • October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon - Paint the City Pink Cancer Walk
  • November 11 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Hampton Roads Heart Walk
  • November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Church Service at Bagley Stage

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

  • August 14 to February 2024 - Temporary Closure of Ballahack Boat Ramp and Parking area due to construction (paving of parking area and associated improvements). The trail will remain open during the construction phase.
  • September 23 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. - Rock the Beat 5K & Kids Fun Run
  • December 2 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Dismal Swamp 100K/50K and Marathon


Tennis Courts

  • Western Branch High School tennis courts are now open for use.

Chesapeake Alert

Chesapeake AlertYou may receive notifications through Chesapeake Alert for major changes in parks and facilities due to renovations, repair or major events by signing up for Chesapeake Alert.

For up-to-the-minute Parks, Recreation and Tourism event cancellations and postponements, visit our department Facebook page.

Give us a call at 757-382-6411 for additional information.